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July 2006
296 pages  

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Polish Americans and Their History
Community, Culture, and Politics
Bukowczyk, John
This rich collection brings together the work of eight leading scholars to examine the history of Polish-American workers, women, families, and politics.

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John J. Bukowczyk is professor of history at Wayne State University and author of And My Children Did Not Know Me: A History of the Polish Americans.
"These richly detailed, readable essays come at a propitious time. For despite all the talk in the academy of 'multiculturalism,' the Poles presence on the American scene is still too often neglected.”—Anthony Bukoski, University of Wisconsin, Superior

“This is an invaluable book for those doing more advanced work on European immigrants in general and, obviously, Poles in particular—undergraduates and graduates as well as more advanced scholars. The essays display a real mastery of their subject matters and provide illuminating histories and an immense number of valuable references within the framework of a rather broad array of topic themes.”—Elliott Barkan, California State University, San Bernadino

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Polish Americans comprise one of America’s largest ethnic groups, yet the history of their immigration to the United States and the history of their lives here have received scant scholarly attention. Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Polish American Historical Association, Polish Americans and Their History: Community, Culture, and Politics brings together the work of eight leading scholars to examine the history of Polish-American working people, women and families, religion, and politics. The sweeping introduction traces the role of history and historiography in the evolution of Polish-Americans as an ethnic group. Essays explore the uncharted terrain of post-World War II Polish emigration and attempt to reintegrate the history of Poland’s Jewish emigrants into a Polish-American history that, until now, has focused on Poles from the Roman Catholic tradition and its offshoots. Featured in the volume is the latest work of distinguished Polish historian, the late Andrzej Brozek, which discusses postwar Polish scholarship on Polish emigration to the United States, the first such critical review since the fall of Poland’s communist government.


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